Watch Parkland Gun Control Activists Squirm and Scream On Grocery Store Floor

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Parkland gun control student activists and parents staged “die-ins” at two Publix supermarkets to protest the chain’s support for a gubernatorial candidate aligned with the National Rifle Association. Publix has caved and announced a suspension of political contributions.

At what point does this just start getting silly?

The students from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shouted “USA, not NRA!” and caused irritation and inconvenience as customers navigated carts around them on the floor. Shoppers continued shopping while attempting not to step on leftists. They laid on the floor screaming and yelling for customers to boycott the store while people walked around them.

“A lot of people don’t support who Publix is supporting,” said Haylee Shepherd, a 15 year-old sophomore at Stoneman Douglas, who joined 13 fellow protesters on the floor for about 12 minutes at one of the stores. “It’s going to reflect on them as a brand and people shopping there.” Just twelve minutes of protesting got Publix to cave to these kids. Most shoppers never even knew there was a protest. It was totally choreographed and staged for publicity. Evidently public tantrums work when it comes to gun control.

Here at a Publix in Orlando where activists are lying down to protest the grocery chain’s donations to proclaimed NRA sellout and Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam.

Posted by Orlando Weekly on Friday, May 25, 2018

Publix was criticized by Hogg and his merry band of far-leftist students for supporting Agriculture Commissioner and gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, a Republican who has called himself a “proud NRA sellout.” The activists have called for a boycott of the supermarket. Now, the right will call for a boycott because Publix caved so easily. And that will be far more impactful than the tantrums of a few high school kids. Publix announced earlier this week that it would ‘reevaluate’ its donations amid the outcry and they did. Shame on them. Company spokeswoman Maria Brous said the chain would halt its contributions for now as it continues that reevaluation.

Senior David Hogg, one of the most vocal student activists for gun control and one of the founders of March for Our Lives, helped organize the protest. It came a week after 10 were killed at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, and happened the same day that authorities said an Indiana middle school student opened fire inside his science classroom, wounding a classmate and a teacher. But no mention was made of the two armed citizens who took down a shooter at an Oklahoma City restaurant saving I don’t know how many lives. That doesn’t fit the political witch-hunt narrative against guns.

The protesters stretched out on the grocery store floors for about 12 minutes total. That represented the number of mass shootings since the Pulse Nightclub shooting in June of 2016, or so they claim. Each held a sunflower representing the flowers that Parkland victim Joaquin Oliver had purchased at the Publix on Valentine’s Day just hours before he was killed. This is all emotional extortion to push a leftist agenda.

At one point, a counter protester, Bill Caracofe, stuck his middle finger an inch from Hogg’s face outside the grocery store just a few miles from the school where 17 of Hogg’s classmates and teachers were gunned down. Good for him. I can relate. “There are millions and millions of people who don’t worship everything that comes out of his mouth,” said Caracofe, who joined about a dozen NRA supporters who counter-protested inside the store. He said the students’ anger toward Publix should be directed at the sheriff’s office and school district for failing to protect them. And he’s right.

Hogg said such reactions are common, saying the media has falsely portrayed him as someone who wants to seize guns and is for gun control. He said he supports the Second Amendment, but wants tighter regulations, universal background checks and training for people who own AR-15s and similar semi-automatic rifles. This kid is a liar. I have heard him say he wants all the guns taken. He seems to lie with ease and he’s good at it. As for the media, almost all of them are on his side and are promoting the heck out of his movement. Who is he kidding?

Publix has been a strong Putnam supporter. Campaign finance records show that Publix, its top executives and board members, and their family members have donated more than $750,000 altogether to Putnam or his political committee. A former top Publix executive who is related to the chairman of Putnam’s committee has donated an additional $65,000. That’s their right and none of anyone’s business but their own. Why aren’t the donations on the left exposed like this? Ask yourself that. The suspension announced applies only to money from the company, which has given $413,000 to Putnam over about three years.

The supermarket chain is one of a long line of Florida corporations that has given donations to Putnam’s candidacy. Over the last three years Putnam has also gotten substantial financial help from Walt Disney Co., Florida Power & Light and U.S. Sugar. Disney has given more than $800,000 to Putnam’s political committee, including a $50,000 check it gave him earlier this month. Again, there is nothing illegal or nefarious about that. Publix said it supports candidates focused on building the economy. Which they should.

“We regret that some of our political contributions have led to an unintentional customer divide instead of our desire to support a growing economy in Florida,” the statement read. “As a result of this situation, we are evaluating our processes to ensure that our giving better reflects our intended desire to support a strong economy and a healthy community.” They folded over gun control and they just made that divide a whole lot worse. Not a good look, Publix.

SOURCES: The Daily Mail, The Daily Wire, Twitchy

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